Ribbon Embroidery 5 Main Stitches and 2 Methods

French Knot

Ribbon embroidery is a creative and entertaining craft. You can embroider with ribbons on any kind of fabric. Ribbons are used of various thickness, texture and colors. As a result, you get a beautiful embroidery piece in a floral fashion. Ribbon embroidery can be simple: you need to select necessary ribbon colors and master a few basic stitches and methods. Further, we review main stitches in the ribbon embroidery technique as loop stitch, hold stitch, ribbon stitch, pistil stitch, plume stitch, colonial knot, French knot, and bow stitch.

How to thread the needle with a ribbon

You need:

1. To cut a ribbon edge in diagonal, to get a sharp end of the ribbon that can enter the needle’s eye easily.

How to thread the needle with a ribbon2. To thread the needle with a ribbon.

3. Then leaving some space at the end, you need to prick with the needle the passed through part of the ribbon 2” long.

4. Tighten the knot at the needle.

How to fix the ribbon at the fabric

The ribbon can be fixed at the face side of the fabric with the use of any decorative stitch.

How to fix the ribbon at the fabric

1. For that you will need to pass the ribbon at the face side of the fabric and fix it with safety pins in 1/5”.

2. Take embroidery threads and make any decorative stitch on the top of the ribbon.

3. Take the ribbon to the back side of the fabric and fix with threads using secret stitch.

Here the review of main stitches used for the ribbon embroidery:

Loop Stitch

Loop StitchThis is a simple loop stitch applied widely in verity of embroidery techniques.

1. The needle is at the face side of the fabric. Bring it in near with the opening A (through a few threads of the fabric.)

2. Take the needle’s tip out to the back side of the fabric, to the point B.

3. Wrap the spare end of the ribbon around the needle.

4. Carefully pull the ribbon to tighten the stitch.

Ribbon Stitch

Ribbon StitchTo make a ribbon stitch you will need to pull the needle with the ribbon to the face side of the fabric.

1. Insert the needle in the fabric close to the ribbon going out.

2. In the created loop insert a mould equal to the width of the desired loop.

4. Carefully tighten the ribbon, make sure that it is not twisted while fitting the mould closely.

5. Fix the stitch at the back side of the fabric with a thread.

6. Carefully pull the mould out. Our ribbon stitch is ready.

Plume Stitch

Plume StitchFor a plume stitch, we will need to make a loop on the fabric.

1. Pull the needle to the face side of the fabric in the 1stpoint.

2. Leave the required length in the line direction and bring the needle into the backside of the fabric.

3. Now do not tighten the created loop completely but leave it extended.

4. Straighten the extended loop and place it upwards.

5. Hold the loop with a finger, bring the needle with the ribbon from the back side to the face side of the fabric through the 1stpoint and the created loop.

French Knot

French KnotFrench knot is a remarkable element that will help you to decorate your work, for example, to create the centre of a little flower. Here the steps to follow:

1. The needle with the ribbon is at the face side of the fabric. At the distance of 3/5” you need to wrap the needle with the ribbon.

2. The tip of the needle is pulled through the edge, and the knot is tightened not closely.

3. Then the needle is pulled entirely through the fabric, and the whole knot is tightened thoroughly.


BowA bow is another decorative element of the ribbon embroidery.

1. Start as in the previous example with a loop of a set size on the fabric.

2. Straighten the loop so that its middle is in the central of its start and end points.

3. The needle is pulled to the back side of the fabric exactly in the middle of the loop; afterwards, make a small loop across the previous one.

4. Fix at the back side of the fabric. A sweet small bow is created.

In the next article, we’ll discuss the methods of flower petals and leaves embroidery.